The Steel Rooms Workshops


30th June 2018 10:00 - 16:00

The Steel Rooms Workshops

Level: All levels from beginners onwards. Ages 16 +

Tutor: Jan Dowson

Workshop Dates and Times:

Saturday 30 June 10am – 4pm. This workshop will be in our Gallery Space

Cost: £50 plus materials.  Includes light refreshments

About The Workshop:

With tree bark as an inspirational theme it is possible to create wonderful surfaces and textures.  Although the starting point could be a whole range of things should as shells covered in barnacles, stone walls, and old gate posts as a few examples.

Exploring a combination of mixed media and stitch  we can create wonderful and exciting surfaces.

The finished work can be integrated into a bigger piece of work, landscape is a good place to use it, or simply producing a decorative panel that can be mounted and framed.


·       Cotton/linen or felt as a base fabric

·       Bondaweb

·       Acrylic paints

·       Range of embroidery threads with a variety of thickness and appropriate colours

·       Basic sewing equipment such as scissors, needles, etc.,

·       There will also be resources available on the day

A bit about Jan:

Jan has over 20 years of teaching experience at the Grimsby Art College, North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe and Community Learning in Cleethorpes also with several years as a Creative Arts  Curriculum manager. Finding it a joy and a pleasure to facilitate in the creative journey of so many learners over the years, Jan continues to deliver exciting and interesting textile workshops here at The Steel Rooms and at the Discovery Centre in Cleethorpes as well as delivering talks,  workshops and summer schools for Embroiderer’s Guilds around the Country.

Jan is also a textile artist in her own right,  exhibiting her work with great success across the years and most recently at The Discovery Centre in Cleethorpes. Working in constructed textiles, the motivation behind Jans work is to promote hand embroidery, never really feeling satisfied unless the surface is fully stitched. Although her work also involves machine embroidery, applique, and mixed media she feels working in textiles gives her flexibility; that she can create painterly effects with the added bonus of a tactile three-dimensional quality.

Jan has been awarded the ‘Winner of the Beryl Dean National Teaching Award 2015’ and ‘2014/15  Winner of the City & Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence for teaching Creative Textiles’, highly esteemed accolades which are testament to Jans work and teaching with judges comments that “Jan  generously and tirelessly inspires and enhances the learning experience”. With Jans enthusiam to teach, learn new skills and share ideas we’re sure there’s plenty to learn and enjoy in her workshops.

To book a place on this or any of our other workshops, call in to our shop or telephone 01652 657256. Please note, to ensure your place is secured on any of our workshops, we ask that payment is made in full at the point of booking.



Payment is non refundable unless we are able to fill your space. In the event of cancellation no less than 14 days prior to the workshop date the credit may be transferred. If The Steel Rooms cancels a workshop you will be entitled to a full refund or to transfer payment to another workshop. If a session which has been prepaid at the discounted rate is cancelled, the discounted rate will carry over to the next workshop.

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